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The Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Patterns Within a Cultural Context in Child Treatment

  • 23 Jan 2018
  • 7:30 PM
  • 03 Feb 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Haverford College


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Course Description

This IRPP reading dialogue will explore the intergenerational transmission of attachment patterns from parent to child and the cultural context surrounding these patterns. Using an Interpersonal-Relational theoretical perspective, an extended treatment with a pre-adolescent boy will be presented that illustrates the various permutations of attachment patterns between parent and child, their manifestation in the transference and countertransference, and the therapist’s attempt to create psychic space for symbolic communication and the processing of disorganized affective experience.

Presenter: Christopher Bonovitz, Ph.D.

Faculty, Supervising & Training Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Consultant, New York University (NYU) Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis; Faculty & Supervisor, the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, & the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues & the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Currently completing an edited book with Andrew Harlem on Development & Therapeutic Action.


Laurel Silber, Psy.D. is in private practice with children and families in Bryn Mawr. She teaches at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia courses on child relational work and is currently spearheading the child relational psychotherapy program.  She has published articles in the area of childism, play and intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Marjorie Bosk, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist who has been in private practice over 35 years. She has a special interest in very young children and families. Dr. Bosk works closely and deeply with parents as well as the child and has found that in so doing, intergenerational traumas are able to (can) be understood and worked with to facilitate repair and growth in child, parent and their relationship. Dr. Bosk is privileged to be associated with IRPP and the institute’s commitment to keeping the child in mind.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will learn how to integrate cultural considerations with psychodynamic concepts in the treatment of children.

2. Participants will develop a working knowledge of how context influences our understanding of the patient and his/her relationship to the parent.

3. Participants will develop a working understanding of early adolescence and hits influence on the treatment.

4. Participants will learn the skills to work with the intergenerational transmission of trauma in a parent-child dyad.

5. Participants will have a foundation knowledge of applying theory to interventions in the treatment of young adolescents.

6. Participants will learn the role of dissociation in the intergenerational transmission process.

7. Participants will learn how to work with enactment in the parent-child relationship.

8. Participants will work at learning to link parental subjectivity to the child’s subjective experience in relational clinical work to create more secure attachment.

9. Participants will learn to incorporate developmental considerations in the treatment planning and intervention.

Dates: January 23, 30, 2018 Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30 reading sessions

Saturday Workshop:February 3, 2018, 10-4, lunch provided

Location: Haverford College

Tuesday evenings: Room 205c of Whitehead Campus Center

Saturday: Dining center, further details to be announced.

Contact: Laurel Silber, Psy.D. 610-527-5503 or laurelsilber@gmail.com

CE Credits

Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded for attending the two reading meetings and the Saturday workshop.


Cost is $195 for PSPP members; $225 for non-members

To register, please go to pcpeonline.org or by mail to: PCPE c/o Dr. David Ramirez; 500 College Avenue; Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Educational Prerequisites

PCPE welcomes all mental health professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields, work with psychodynamic approaches in their practices, and have familiarity with the psychoanalytic literature. Individuals from other fields who hold doctoral degrees and who work with psychoanalytic ideas in their scholarly endeavors are also welcome to participate. PCPE does not discriminate according to age, gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenge.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to psychologists who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety. 

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors now designates APA-approved Continuing Education Sponsors like PCPE as pre-approved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers. Nine (9) CE credits will be awarded to social workers who attend the Reading Seminar in its entirety.

Special Needs Policy

If you have any special needs related to your participation in our program offerings, please contact Laurel Silber, Psy.D., at 610-527-5503, or at laurelsilber@gmail.com.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a program if there is insufficient enrollment, at which time all fees will be refunded. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee, if you cancel your registration at least three weeks prior to the start of a program.

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